Illinois Republican Governor Bruce Rauner signs a budget on time for the first time since he took office 2015.
Rauner signed the $38.5 billion dollar spending plan this morning.
The bill was passed on the final day of the legislative session.
A group of bi-partisan lawmakers joined Rauner for a ceremonial signing of the budget.
Lawmakers say it was a symbol of the cooperative effort between Democrats and Republicans to accomplish this year what they could not do the past two years, which is get a balanced budget passed on time.
Rauner says the budget increases funding for educational curbs spending, and holds the line on taxes.
Passing a budget clears the way for Rauner to shift gears into election mode as he fights to stay in office.